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What I’m Drinking Right Now to Cure the Winter Blues: Coly Den Haan of Vinovore

The chilly temperatures and short days can make the first several months of the year a challenging time. For oenophiles, the winter season presents a perfect opportunity to seek out bottles that can warm their bodies and souls, can pair beautifully with hearty dishes, and- in some cases- can remind them that warmer climes and sunnier days aren’t too far away. With that last quality in mind, we decided to collect some fun and flavorful winter wine suggestions from a skilled sommelier who lives in the forever-mild weather conditions of Los Angeles: Coly Den Haan, the owner of Vinovore wine shops in Silver Lake and Eagle Rock, which specialize in wines produced by female winemakers.

What I’m Drinking Right Now: Denise Barker

When it comes time to select the best wines for the holiday season, it’s well worth the effort to seek out bottles that feel truly celebratory (especially at the end of a tough year). For NYC-based sommelier and wine expert Denise Barker, wines with a history and a true sense of place are the ideal choice for festive imbibing; and because the storytelling aspect of wine first drew Denise’s attention when she launched her career, she gravitates toward these bottles all year long. “I fell in love with wine during my first sommelier training course in culinary school in 2007.

What I’m Drinking Right Now: Xingyu Chen of @winememoir

While it’s true that Boomers and Gen Xers still make up the largest percentage of wine drinkers in the United States ( cites a 2020 study stating that 36.7% of wine purchased in the US is bought by Boomers, while Gen X buys 34.9%), Millennials are rapidly catching up (they were responsible for 20.1% of wine sales in 2020). For that reason, many Millennial wine enthusiasts believe that wine culture and the wine industry needs to adopt a more inclusionary attitude toward these younger drinkers. 

What I’m Drinking Right Now: Sarah Tracey of The Lush Life

A career in wine often happens as the result of a deep and passionate love for the stuff. In some cases, the choice to parlay that love into a professional pursuit comes as a surprise, even to the person making said choice. That was definitely the case for certified sommelier, wine educator, and wine blogger Sarah Tracey of The Lush Life, who tells us that “I entered the wine industry almost by accident– I moved to New York City after graduating from school with a music degree and had a string of waitressing jobs in between music gigs and studio sessions!

What I’m Drinking Right Now: Kayla Mensah of Domestique

Some wine enthusiasts develop a genuine fascination with this beverage and seek to amplify their love of wine by learning as much as they can about its history, its different grape varietals, its key regions, and its many, many flavor profiles. Kayla Mensah, a certified sommelier who currently serves as a Sales & Operations Associate at renowned Washington, D.C. natural wine store Domestique, counts herself among this number. 

What We’re Drinking Right Now: Shayla Smith & Shaunna Cooper of WineSpencer

Sisters and certified sommeliers Shayla Smith and Shaunna Cooper devote their lives to teaching wine enthusiasts (both newcomers and long-time drinkers) how to find and enjoy bottles that suit their particular tastes. Their company, WineSpencer, conducts virtual wine classes and seminars, with a particular focus on female winemakers, Black winemakers, and underrated wine regions. 

Top 3 Wine Resolutions To Keep In 2021

If you’re ready for some fresh food pairings and modern spins on imbibing norms, then read on for Top 3 Wine Resolutions to kick your 2021 off right.